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Daughters of the Dragon: A Comfort Woman's Story

Daughters of the Dragon: A Comfort Woman's Story [Kindle Edition]

William Andrews
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A 2014 IPPY Award winner.

DURING WORLD WAR II, the Japanese forced 200,000 young Korean women to be sex slaves or “comfort women” for their soldiers. This is one woman’s riveting story of strength, courage and promises kept.

In 1943, the Japanese tear young Ja-hee and her sister from their peaceful family farm to be comfort women for the Imperial Army. Before they leave home, their mother gives them a magnificent antique comb with an ivory inlay of a two-headed dragon, saying it will protect them. The sisters suffer terribly at the hands of the Japanese, and by the end of the war, Ja-hee must flee while her sister lies dying. Ja-hee keeps her time as a comfort woman a secret while she struggles to rebuild her life. She meets a man in North Korea who shows her what true love is. But the communists take him away in the middle of the night, and she escapes to the South. There, she finally finds success as the country rebuilds after the Korean War. However when her terrible secret is revealed, she’s thrown into poverty. In the depths of despair, she’s tempted to sell the comb with the two-headed dragon that she believes has no magic for her. Then one day she discovers its true meaning and her surprising heredity. And now she must find the only person who can carry on the legacy of the two-headed dragon… someone she abandoned years ago.

Set within the tumultuous backdrop of 20th century Korea, Daughters of the Dragon by Mayhaven Award-winning author William Andrews will make you cry and cheer for Ja-hee. And in the end, you’ll have a better understanding of the Land of the Morning Calm.

Daughters of the Dragon is inspired by The Kite Runner, by Khaled Hosseini, Memiors of a Geisha by Arthur Golden, the books of Amy Tan and Lisa See.

About the Author

For over 30 years, Bill Andrews was a copywriter and a marketing/brand executive and with several Fortune 500 companies. For fifteen of the more painful years, he ran his own advertising agency. At night and on weekends (and sometimes during the workday!) Bill wrote fiction. Bill’s first novel titled THE ESSENTIAL TRUTH won first place in the 2008 Mayhaven Contest for fiction. Bill's third novel, DAUGHTERS OF THE DRAGON, was published in 2014 by MADhouse Press. The reviews have been outstanding. The MIDWEST BOOK REVIEW called it a "masterpiece of fiction." In May, it won an IPPY for historical fiction. The IPPYs is the world's largest writing contest, attracting thousands of entries worldwide. Today, Bill is retired and focused on his writing. He lives in Minneapolis with his wife, an inner-city public school teacher for 32 years. And his Korean-born daughter, the inspiration for DAUGHTERS OF THE DRAGON, is now an MD living in Houston, Texas.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1887 KB
  • Print Length: 351 pages
  • Publisher: MADhouse Press LLC (8 Jan 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #52,048 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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By Seligor
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And I mean Etc for there were many more from places like the Philippines, Taiwan. It will break your heart in several places and it will make you angry long before you reach the end.
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A must read!!!!Very sad and thought provoking regarding atrocities committed during the 2nd World War
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Beautifully Written, Heartbreaking Story of One Woman's Journey as a Comfort Woman... 7 Aug 2014
By terrylynn - Published on
Beautifully written and heartbreaking in its intensity, Daughters of the Dragon is a thought provoking novel written primarily through the eyes of an elderly Korean woman who was a comfort woman to the Japanese during WWII. Told very effectively in first person, we meet young Anna who is Korean by birth but was adopted and raised by an American couple. Visiting Korea in hopes of meeting her birth mother, Anna instead stumbles upon an old woman who gives her a beautiful antique comb claiming to be her grandmother. As Anna sits down to listen to her grandmother's tale, she finds herself mesmerized by a story of a young woman's life of fear, pain, anguish and dishonor as a comfort woman. So far removed from anything she has ever heard of or experienced as a young American, Anna feels saddened and appalled at what happened to her grandmother and how it affected her from that day forward. Told to cherish and protect the heirloom of the comb with the two headed dragon, Anna must ask herself what her role is in this story and what her responsibility is to see that her grandmother's life as a comfort woman was not endured in vain.

According to the book the life of a comfort woman was one of unending misery and degradation and your heart bleeds for these young women caught in a nightmare not of their own making. The issues these young girls faced... rape, torture and beatings are intense but are in my opinion sensitively handled by the author. His descriptions are vivid and realistic, but not so much so that you're sorry you read the book and ultimately it's a story of faith and survival against impossible odds. With a beautiful book cover and a story that is thoughtfully and skillfully written, Daughters of the Dragon: A Comfort Woman's story will engage you from start to finish and stick with you long after you read it which is why I have given it 5 stars and my highest recommendation.*

* I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest and unbiased review which I have given. I do not know this author.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Put down whatever you are reading! 9 Oct 2014
By Karla Bullard - Published on
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I purchased this book this morning at 7:00 am. It is now 3:00 pm. and I just completed this book. No speed reading (or laundry, lunch, errands.) For so long I have searched for a good book to read that tells a story, a real story. A book that does not include as a character an author or wanna be author. A book that does not try to impress me (bore me) with the author's expertise of literature history. A book that does not quote other authors over and over again. FINALLY, a true novel. A book that one can lose oneself to and come away feeling enriched and enlightened. Looking forward to reading more by this author.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An absolutely compelling story 14 Oct 2014
By Pushed 60 - Published on
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Yes, this book is fiction but I really believe it is one of those stories that is close enough to fact that everyone should read it. Since so little is written about Korea during World War II, this novel has an important history lesson. The atrocities committed by the Japanese on people from many nations is something that little is written about now. I had heard about the comfort women and this book's account is terrifying. I can't think of better book for a book's one that will provoke discussion for everyone.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Japanese shame: Comfort Women 14 Oct 2014
By Mema - Published on
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Thanks to Mr. Andrews for tackling another "denied" shame that comes from war. I am glad he also highlights the desperation of many "bargirls" during the Korean War that American Servicemen frequented. The whole idea that national "face" towards a previous enemy is more important than the victims is difficult for Westerners who hold individuals as more important. The victims continue to carry the stigma among their own communities post-war as though they had volunteered to be comfort women. My heart goes out to these women and all women throughout the world who suffer similar abuse. Power abuse, whether through conflict, politics, or economics is something everyone should stand against, but alas, most of us choose to not be brave enough to light that one little candle in the dark.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars You will love this book. 16 Dec 2014
By Frances H. Alford - Published on
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I have walked past the Japanese Embassy in Seoul a number of times on my visits to Korea. The stark statue of a young girl, always dressed in real clothes always stops me. I have watched the weekly demonstrations. In the late 70s as a Peace Corps Volunteer to Korea, I knew nothing of comfort women and very little about the notion of human trafficking.

William Andrews tells a compelling story. Hard to put down. It was the first time I was able to understand the whole story of what happened and the history that supports and surrounds it.

For those who love Korea, it is a wonderful book. For those who love the spirit of human survival, this is stellar.

I listened to the Audio version of this book and it was read very well.
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